Opinion

A Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation guardian took this photo of dozens of vehicles parked along a forest service road in the Kennedy watershed. (Submitted photo)

POLL QUESTION: Would you like to see stricter enforcement towards illegal camping?

Would you like to see stricter enforcement towards illegal camping? READ MORE:…

  • Jan 24, 2021
A Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation guardian took this photo of dozens of vehicles parked along a forest service road in the Kennedy watershed. (Submitted photo)
(B.C. government)

POLL QUESTION: Would you report a neighbour in breach of COVID-19 regulations?

Would you report a neighbour in breach of COVID-19 regulations? READ MORE:…

  • Jan 15, 2021
(B.C. government)
Citizen science on a small Vancouver island Coho stream. (Public Fishery Alliance)

LETTER: Public Fishery Alliance clarifies stance on ways to restore B.C.’s salmon population

‘Fishing is enjoyable, but that’s not why the public fishery supports adipose fin clipping all chinook production’

  • Jan 14, 2021
Citizen science on a small Vancouver island Coho stream. (Public Fishery Alliance)
Sisters Lily and Bryna Frost with mom Kelsey glide around Tofino’s new, outdoor synthetic ice rink. The District of Tofino is offering free public skates and lessons for the community until the end of January, 2021. To learn more about programs and COVID-19 safety procedures visit: <a href="http://tofino.ca/skatelot" target="_blank">tofino.ca/skatelot</a>. (Nora O’Malley photo)

POLL QUESTION: Have you skated on Tofino’s temporary synthetic rink?

Have you skated on Tofino’s temporary synthetic rink? READ MORE: Tofino aims…

  • Jan 8, 2021
Sisters Lily and Bryna Frost with mom Kelsey glide around Tofino’s new, outdoor synthetic ice rink. The District of Tofino is offering free public skates and lessons for the community until the end of January, 2021. To learn more about programs and COVID-19 safety procedures visit: <a href="http://tofino.ca/skatelot" target="_blank">tofino.ca/skatelot</a>. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Pattullo Bridge replacement is one of a group of major construction projects due to begin in B.C. with union-only labour. (Black Press Media)

LETTER: Compulsory trades training for B.C. apprentices makes sense

B.C. Building Trades women’s group endorses NDP’s move

  • Jan 7, 2021
Pattullo Bridge replacement is one of a group of major construction projects due to begin in B.C. with union-only labour. (Black Press Media)
New Year’s Fireworks for 2020 as seen from the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

POLL QUESTION: Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

What are you hoping to achieve in 2021?

  • Jan 3, 2021
New Year’s Fireworks for 2020 as seen from the Penticton Lakeside Resort. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)

ISLAND HEALTH COLUMN: New year focus on vaccinations, opioid crisis, racism in healthcare

Island Health says while there is much work ahead, there is hope

  • Jan 2, 2021
Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)
Motor coach companies in B.C., and across Canada, have been left struggling as they near 10 months of operating at a 95 per cent reduction in revenues. (Courtesy Wilson’s Group)

COLUMN: Bus companies at risk as revenue drops 95 per cent, no help in sight

John Wilson is president and CEO, The Wilson’s Group of Companies

  • Dec 30, 2020
Motor coach companies in B.C., and across Canada, have been left struggling as they near 10 months of operating at a 95 per cent reduction in revenues. (Courtesy Wilson’s Group)
Excited Patrick Leslie, 3, visits with Santa Claus during a special socially distanced photo event organized by the Ucluelet Children’s Centre. Far West provided yummy hot chocolate and all the kids went home with a craft bag. (Jen McLeod photo)

Tofino-Ucluelet leaders share Letters to Santa

Elected officials lay out their wishlists.

  • Dec 24, 2020
Excited Patrick Leslie, 3, visits with Santa Claus during a special socially distanced photo event organized by the Ucluelet Children’s Centre. Far West provided yummy hot chocolate and all the kids went home with a craft bag. (Jen McLeod photo)
Tofino’s Poet Laureate Christine Lowther hopes West Coasters pick up a poetry book this holiday season. (Westerly file photo)
Tofino’s Poet Laureate Christine Lowther hopes West Coasters pick up a poetry book this holiday season. (Westerly file photo)
A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC

OPINION: Hoping for broader support and better days ahead for tourism sector

Now as we turn the page on 2020, there is room for optimism

  • Dec 22, 2020
A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC
Dan Vedova holds up an Ensign retrieved from the HMCS Clayoquot as she was sinking on Dec. 24, 1944. (Andrew Bailey photo)

HISTORY COLUMN: Ucluelet local shares harrowing Christmas story

Short of lifeboats, dozens of sailors jumped into the black frigid water.

  • Dec 21, 2020
Dan Vedova holds up an Ensign retrieved from the HMCS Clayoquot as she was sinking on Dec. 24, 1944. (Andrew Bailey photo)
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)

‘I am tired, and my soul hurts’: B.C. nurse reflects on working in ICU unit during COVID

Renée Bush writes about what it is like on the front-line of the pandemic in the north

  • Dec 16, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
A sign at the West Coast junction notifies commuters that closures are ahead. (Westerly file photo)

POLL QUESTION: Would you like to see a change in the Hwy. 4 construction closure schedule?

Would you like to see a change in the Hwy. 4 construction…

  • Dec 10, 2020
A sign at the West Coast junction notifies commuters that closures are ahead. (Westerly file photo)
(Black Press file photo)

CEO: Malahat commute could take two hours in 2038, Island rail part of the solution

LETTER: Island Corridor Foundation CEO Stevenson confident in survey results

  • Dec 9, 2020
(Black Press file photo)
A Ucluelet RCMP vessel lit up for the community's holiday sail past parade. (Westerly file photo)

POLL QUESTION: Have you put any Christmas decorations up at your home yet?

Have you put any Christmas decorations up at your home yet? READ…

  • Dec 6, 2020
A Ucluelet RCMP vessel lit up for the community's holiday sail past parade. (Westerly file photo)
Would you support cancelling all ferry traffic?

POLL QUESTION: Do you support a temporary ban on travel from the mainland to Vancouver Island?

Do you support a temporary ban on travel from the mainland to…

  • Nov 29, 2020
Would you support cancelling all ferry traffic?
BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

LETTER: Teachers union encourages culture of mask wearing in B.C. schools

BCTF President Teri Mooring asks parents to talk with children about wearing masks in school

  • Nov 24, 2020
BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Santa visits Tofino.

POLL QUESTION: Do you plan to buy more than half your holiday presents locally?

Do you plan to buy more than half your holiday presents locally?…

  • Nov 22, 2020
Santa visits Tofino.